Price: $1.99   Score: 9/10   Category: Games

The birds are back in town. And this time it’s not just another update. Angry Birds Halloween HD for iPad is a new and fully-featured holiday-themed special edition of the 2010 best selling iPhone game, Angry Birds.

Overtaking runaway success Cut the Rope in its debut week, Angry Birds Halloween HD features 45 brand new spooky levels of bird-launching fun. Each level offers a completely original challenge set to a dark and pumpkin-laden Halloween theme.

Developed by Rovio, Angry Birds Halloween doesn’t deliver anything excitingly new, but when you’ve sold around 7 million copies of the original and people download every update religiously, many would argue that’s not an entirely bad thing.

“With Angry Birds Halloween, we wanted to provide our fans with a special treat”, said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio. “In addition to this new experience, we will also keep providing continuous free updates for Angry Birds.”

It’s more of the same, but it’s worth noting that the difficulty ramps up considerably faster than before and newcomers may find themselves stuck earlier than expected.

Angry Birds Halloween is of course also available for iPhone [iTunes Link] for $0.99.

Bottom Line: Angry Birds Halloween HD offers 45 new levels of Angry Birds good-ness. If you’re a fan of the original then this is a no-brainer.

Angry Birds HD is compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later